Mapping out autonomous and remote mine projects in Western Australia

MINING TECHNOLOGY | The Covid-19 pandemic has thrust remote and autonomous mining technologies into the spotlight as a solution that could prevent mine closures. Western Australian mines have often been lauded as world-leading when it comes to these technologies, but which projects are leading the way? We map them out across the region.

Remote and autonomous mining technologies have seen slow but steady uptake over the past decade, with the first major investments coming from Rio Tinto’s Mine of the Future initiative in 2008, which introduced automated machinery and remote-controlled processes at the company’s Pilbara mines.

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